It looks like and is spring in Ketchikan.

Spring came early this year, the earliest in 124 years.

For the First City, this means more light in the day and shorter nights coming this way, purple and yellow crocuses, thoughts of spring cleaning and perhaps pursuit of a plethora of outdoor recreational activities.

The spring or vernal equinox is when there is an equal amount of day and night. It isn’t precise. It depends on where one is located on the planet. But it is as close as it gets.

One’s place on the planet also determines whether vernal equinox is on March 19 or March 20 this year. The equinox is to be at 3:49 coordinated universal time, the successor to Greenwich time. UCT is eight hours ahead of Ketchikan time, meaning the equinox occurred here at 7:49 p.m. Thursday.

The time between one vernal equinox and the next also can vary by minutes and seconds. The one between now and next March will be several minutes shorter than last year and the next two years.

Time is precious. It marches on. The key is to make the most of it despite situations and circumstances.

One day at a time.